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Employers should not assume teens know the safety expectations

Employers should not assume teens know the safety expectations at work. There's no such thing as over-communicating worker rights, and it should start early. #EPWChatWorking with schools to promote knowledge of workplace protections can help get the messages in front of job seekers – even before they're in the workplace. #EPWChat

-This idea is attributed to SADD via Twitter Chat from May 18, 2021

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Physical Seminars and/or Digital Webinars on Teens4Hire.org

We have a captive audience of U.S. teen job seekers (19-14) nationwide.  It would be great if you could sponsor such sessions to our members as we now qualify to receive tax deductible contributions and we presently link to much of the DOL information related to teens: http://www.teens4hire.org/Employment/Resources.aspx

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Breaking Down Silos under WIOA and Enforcing Accessibility

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act was intended to break down siloes within the workforce system and to help lift people with significant barriers to employment. WIOA also put a high priority on serving at-risk youth including foster care youth, justice-involved youth, and youth with disabilities. 7 years after WIOA was passed by Congress, many American Job Centers remain physically or programmatically inaccessible... more »

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Keep your young workers OUT of the Emergency Room

When I was in high school I was an active particapant in DECA (Distributive Education Club of America).   This was a formal class that focused on business and allowed students to have a job and earn a "work" credit.  This allowed for me to have the credits that I needed for school and be able to earn money, which in my family was also a "need" more then a "want".

We learned about how businesses function, made money,... more »

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Oklahoma Department of Labor

The Oklahoma Department of Labor (ODOL) provides various services and guidance to help Oklahoma employers provide a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. One such service is our Child Labor Division, where Child Labor Specialist Lester Claravall, ( lester.claravall@labor.ok.gov ) is eager to help employers, parents, students, and educators fully understand and successfully navigate the unique opportunities... more »

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Need for Non Custodial Accounts for Working Teens

It's important for working teens to have access to safe financial products like a savings/checking and the option of having their checks direct deposit. They should also be provided the financial education to ensure they know how to navigate financial institutions, manage their own money, budget, save, etc.

Youth stated that this is important:

"So teenagers don't go to places (i.e. check cashers) where a portion of... more »

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Address sexual harassment and violence in the workplace

Teenage workers, particularly girls, are highly vulnerable to sexual harassment and violence in the workplace. One study of high school students who held part-time jobs found that 2 in 3 girls and 1 in 3 boys reported being sexually harassed at work. The majority reported that they were harassed by co-workers (61 percent), followed by supervisors (19 percent), and customers (18 percent). Teens who experience workplace... more »

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Training Students For the Future trending idea

I feel as a teen we do not know much about what the workforce is like. If teen students are taught the importance of the skills learned in their jobs, students might retain this knowledge and use it to become people and better workers. I work as an intern in my schools technology help desk and my employers have not only taught me how to do my job well, but they have also taught me life skills that will help me become... more »

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Safety in Schools

Almost exactly 90% of teens in the United States attend public school. Roughly 20% of teens are employed while they are attending public high schools and many more become employed soon after their graduation. It is important to note that the best time to begin learning about workplace practices and workplace safety is as soon as you are exposed to a workplace. In the minds of many, this would be at a teen's first place... more »

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Employee Work Place Safety Training and Compliance

I believe it is the employers responsibility to ensure a safe workplace. It is the employers responsibility to train employees and make them aware of work place hazards. It is employers responsibility to ensure workers are in compliance and following the safety procedures. It is employers responsibility to make sure teenage workers are properly Adult Supervised. It is also the employers responsibility to provide workers'... more »

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FAQ for Teens

Having an online forum where teens can ask questions or get answers to their work related questions in plain-english would help them understand their rights and advocate for themselves. I have experienced first hand the difference in many work places for teens, especially those dealing with tips and tip-pools but the rules are constantly changing and find an answer can be difficult.

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Job Fairs

Parents, teachers and mentors should encourage teens to attend job fairs that focus on potential careers (technology, healthcare, finance, etc.) that they are interested in pursuing. This is a helpful show-and-tell of what employers are looking for in potential job candidates. This helps the teens to see the "real world" of what certain careers demand and want in their successful job applicants. It helps to show what... more »

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